00. Obadiah Summary

Summary 882 At eight years of age, OBADIAH and his friend AHAB visit the troops in their battle against Gibbethon of Philistia. When Ahab strikes SEBA the stable boy, Obadiah bloodies Ahab’s nose. Next day, Obadiah discovers Ahab feeding JEBUS, a homeless Philistine boy. A fishmonger warns Obadiah to “wake up.” 872 At eighteen, Obadiah … Read more

40.5 Pre-Ram

41. Pre-Battle Scenes[very rough draft] [The next chapter drafts are really rough notes tossed into files. When you get to the chapter titled Outta Here, it starts to look more like a draft.] 865 BC Outside Ramoth in Gilead Obadiah stood with Ahab and Jehoshaphat outside. Instead of his Ahab’s royal robes of silk and … Read more

00 Chart

1 895 1506 draft Gibbethon Wrath At age eight, Ahab slaps a stable boy, so Obadiah gives Ahab a bloody nose. 2 895 ? draft Gibbethon Hiding A fishmonger tells Obadiah, “Wake up,” and Obadiah discovers Ahab feeding a homeless child. 3 872 draft Fort No Guards Obadiah and Ahab ride without guards. A Syrian … Read more

00. Outline

1. Wrath: At age eight, Ahab slaps a stable boy, so Obadiah gives Ahab a bloody nose. 2. Footrace: A fishmonger says, “Wake up,” and Ahab feeds a homeless child. 3. No Guards: A Syrian arrow just misses Ahab’s throat. 4. Tall Chicken: Ahab tricked Obadiah into riding without bodyguards. 5. Surprise: King Omri puts … Read more

04.2 Olives

04.3 Olives (or Gera?) 872 BC Shemer’s Hill, Israel Obadiah flopped the thick, soft rug on the floor of his room and came out to the veranda. In the courtyard below, the gate banged closed behind two men who pushed in and trudged across the courtyard. Both carried what looked like pruning saws in their … Read more

03.5 Zimri

03 Zimri Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel, 877 BC 1 Kings 16:8-27 Obadiah huddled by a vase of tall, yellow lilies just inside the door. The chief bodyguard poked his head in and looked past him at the king, “Execution stakes, my lord?” “Right. Make sure you have enough for the children.” King Omri waved … Read more

Shemer Notes – Steve

It’s raw, but it’s coming.  I found some tidbits I wanted to comment on. Maybe help get some polish going here. See embedded: 872 BC i The patio of the King Jeroboam Inn, Samaria City, Samaria, Israel While I like the conceit here, it’s probably an anachronism.  Unlike the King David Hotel in downtown Jerusalem, there … Read more

33.5 Outta-Bakery Early Drafts

34. Bakery 842 BC The Corner Bakery, Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah closed his eyes against the afternoon sun and snuggled deeper into his couch. He pulled down his headscarf, bright blue like Ahab once wore, and twitched a smile at Yedidah’s soft snore. He had ordered their couches placed on the northeast corner … Read more

33. Outta – Steve’s comments

Notes embedded below for clarity.  I’ve omitted passages I have no comment on, LMK if that’s too confusing. 33. Outta 33. Outta Here! 842 BC The Headquarters Rooftop, Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah snuggled deeper into his couch and closed his eyes against the afternoon sun. He pulled down his headscarf, still the bright blue like … Read more

By the Rivers

By the Rivers of Babylon A couple of notes on what drove Jehu to act. 1. Assyria was knocking on the door.  By the time Jehu comes to power, Assyria has already taken over the Phoenician city-states.  So they’re on Jehu’s door step.  The old treaty with Sidon isn’t useful anymore. 2. Acquiescing to Assyria … Read more


Picking up a little of this and that from this week’s homework: 1. Cavalry in Ahab’s time would not have been used for frontal charges with swords.  It was mostly recon and mounted archers who would have been used to direct the flow of the battle: approach; shoot; retreat; do it again.  The Assyrians were … Read more

Jehu – furiously

He driveth furiously. So, let us now consider Jehu.  Although he is on the fringes of your narrative, he is very illustrative of what’s going on in it. And just as importantly, he sees his compatriots very much as you see them as characters.  He’s pretty well aligned with your main characters’ POV. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%209&version=NIV 19 So … Read more

Captains of Fifty

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all … Read more

00 Prologue

00 Prologue 895 BC Keslote, Issachar, Israel “Can I go with Ahab, Daddy? Can I?” Obadiah looped his arm in little Ahab’s elbow, so they both peered up into his father’s face. “To cheer the troops.” Obadiah’s father slid his pruning saw into its shoulder sheath. “I don’t want a Philistine arrow in my son’s … Read more


Bubblers gather to Obadiah via [Spread these out over chapters] Farmer in market asks Yedidah if Obadiah can help her cousin in Timbuktu Gera, Hodiah, & Keren Zak Jamin – Elders from several tribes send bubblers to Obadiah. “Jamin sent me.” Keslote, Obadiah’s mother & brother tell him of man in Shunem. In Market to … Read more

01. Fist Fight

01. Fist Fight [iii] 895 BC A Village Near Gibbethon, Philistia Little Obadiah edged his seat closer to his friend Ahab. “What are you hiding?” Ahab slid his open palm from his cloak. Empty. Flashing a big grin, Obadiah reached. iiiiv. But Ahab grabbed his wrist. He cut his eyes left at his father, Commander … Read more

0. Goatskin Kid

Got enough to do the take care of my own. That’s it. That’s what I do. I take care of my own. 06 Goatskin Kid 865 BC [afternooni] Market Day, Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel [Whyii?][Nutshelliii] [Casablancaiv] [Trilogyv] [Toiletvi] I stick my neck out for nobody.vii I take care of my own. You’ll find me … Read more

Ch 55 Gather

11 Gather 863 A1.docx Obadiah 0 Words 877 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Bubblers gather to Obadiah via (Spread these out over chapters]) While inspecting othniels grove, his guards discover Mikey His dad sends word to come home. He shows him visitor from Ramoth. Yedidah – Farmer in market asks if Obadiah can help … Read more

15. Bread and Water

15. Bread and Water Bread and Water? That’s all? Did the bakers buy the flour? How did the bread get to the caves? Questions:1 Kings 18:4 While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food … Read more

14.5 Cave Decisions

20. Pre-Cave How-To Decisions Bread and water? That’s all? Did the bakers buy the flour? How did the bread get to the caves? Questions:1 Kings 18:4 While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food … Read more

40. Clowns

42. Bring in the Clowns (for Jehoshaphat) 866 BC The Threshing Floor, Samaria City, Israel 1 Kings 22 Obadiah followed the smell of roasting mutton and beef as he climbed the gentle rise to the threshing floor. At what point in the party would Ahab make his move? Pausing at the enormous gate posts, Obadiah … Read more

38. Dogs

46. While Dogs Wait i [Delete Dogs chapter?] 868 BC Naboth’s Vineyard, Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel 1 Kings 21:1-15 [Ahab and Biah need to arrive about noon for Elijah’s sake.] [1 Kg. 21:27 Show Obadiah with Ahab in Sackcloth – compare to Ahab hitting one boy and feeding the other. Almost getting them killed. … Read more

56. Aphek

24. Victory at Apheki [Obadiahii] [POViii] [Geographyiv] 868 BC Fort Jezreel, Israel 1 Kings 20:1-4 Obadiah hopped into Ahab’s chariot and cocked his head at the red-tailed kite tilting and balancing in its search for cadavers behind Fort Jezreel. Tomorrow the kite would eat his fill. The sun perched high over the sea. From the … Read more

Ch. 55 Cave Society

20. Cave Society 861 BC Misliya Cave, Megiddo [Mt. Carmel?], Israel The Misliya Cave is 262 ft. long. Show new arrivals daily/weekly. Theological camps divide the cave? Soveignty of God vs. Free Will? Pre-Trib vs. Post? vs. No Left Behind? Vicki Sandiford Floyd Overcrowding, body odor, smelly feet in your face while you’re sleeping, snoring, … Read more

Ch. 55. Two Altars

Elijah pointed at an arrangement of stones covered with weeds. Ahab poked Obadiah. “What’s that boy found?” 19. Two Altars Mount Carmel, Israel, 871 BC 1 Kings 18:2-19 Obadiah trudged to the pile of stones and tossed dead branches aside, kicked weeds off, and waved Ahab over. “Have you seen this?” Several large stones all … Read more

14.7 Shopping More

13.1. Are pomegranates ripe yet? Mrs. O1 opened Obadiah’s office door and poked her head in. Obadiah looked up. “Are pomegranates ripe yet?” “Is anything ripe! This drought is killing us. But I want to see what food might have escaped our buyer’s eyes. If I spot a pomegranate, dear, it shall be yours.” In … Read more

03 OuttaHere-ideas

[This draft drew many comments. I inserted some. The next draft shows their effect.] 03 Outta Here Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel 877 BC Obadiah spanked the prince’s horse on the rump. “Outta here!” [Obadiah spanked (smacked, maybe?) the prince’s (I would use prince’s name here since we are on a new chapter)horse on the … Read more

02. Race – ideas

877 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel [Start here?i] Twelve years after giving Ahab a bloody nose, Obadiah turned his horse on the planks bridging the moat. “Where’s our squad, my prince? Since your father became king, he drills his gaze through to the back of my skull and commands, ‘Keep my son safe.’” Ahab … Read more

14.6 Shopping ideas

[Have Mikey s mother volunteer to buy for the boys. Then dismayed when Gera sends them to Megiddo] By Darcy Fournier Here’s a few random thoughts before I shut down the computer for the night. 🙂 So, the purchasing problem could possibly be solved by the wives or family members. They just continue to buy … Read more